2017 – The Charlotte Special

The Charlotte Special – Spencer, NC to Charlotte, NC

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April 9, 2017

  • Standard Coach: $119, includes a complimentary snack.
  • Deluxe Coach: $149, includes a complimentary snack.
  • Parlor Class: $189, includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and coffee.
  • Dome Class: $259, includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and coffee
  • Chairman’s Class: $399, the ultimate in luxury and service. Attendants will prepare and serve hot meals, hors d’oeuvres, and soft drinks while you relax in this exclusive section of the train.

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6:00 AM Boarding in Spencer
7:00 AM Depart Spencer
9:15 AM Arrive Charlotte
9:45 AM Depart Charlotte
12:00 PM Arrive Spencer

The Charlotte Special

Ride behind the Norfolk & Western Class J #611 on her first trip to Charlotte since 1994. Our train will depart from the North Carolina Transportation Museum at 7AM and will travel through the communities of Salisbury, China Grove, Landis, Kannapolis, Concord, and Harrisburg before passing through the Queen City.

Passengers will get a view of Charlotte’s spectacular skyline before we continue south to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. You’ll get a rare opportunity to ride the rails into the new Charlotte inter modal facility built between the runways and under the taxiways of the airport, where we will turn the entire train before returning north. Our estimated arrival back in Spencer is by noon. Passengers will not detrain in Charlotte.

  • Boarding location: boarding will take place at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC. Boarding begins at 6:00 AM.

  • The Charlotte Special departs Spencer at 7:00 am and returns at 12:00 pm.

  • Complimentary snack and bottled water provided; commissary car available, and you may bring a small personal cooler.

  • Nearby hotels, restaurants and attractions in Salisbury: Please visit the NCTrans lodging Information Page

  • Parking: Free parking is available at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Instructions regarding parking will be sent with your boarding instructions and other trip details 72 hours prior to the event.

  • Getting Here:

    By car: located in downtown Spencer, NC the North Carolina Transportation Museum is conveniently located @ 1 Samuel Spencer Drive. Spencer, NC 28159

    By passenger rail: The nearest Amtrak station is located in Downtown Salisbury. It is served daily by the Crescent and Carolinian/Piedmont trains.

    By air: Salisbury is located near two major airports. Charlotte, NC (CLT) and Greensboro, NC (GSO) both are served by multiple major airlines.